Tommy Chong: Biden Authored Bill that Put Him in Jail

Tommy Chong, a TalkLeft favorite, had this to say to the Washington Post about Joe Biden:

"Check out the people you're voting for.... "For instance, Joseph Biden comes off as a liberal Democrat, but he's the one who authored the bill that put me in jail. He wrote the law against shipping drug paraphernalia through the mail - which could be anything from a pipe to a clip or cigarette papers."

[Hat tip to Celeb Stoner.]

Conservative reporter Stacy McCain, recalls Hunter S. Thompsons's words on McGovern's selection of Tom Eagleton from Fear and Loathing:

I had been without sleep for two or three days at the time, and my temper was close to the surface. Beyond that, I had spent the past five or six days brooding angrily over the list of vice-presidential possibilities that McGovern had floated in the New York Times several days before the convention even started. I recall telling Mankiewicz in the coffee shop on Friday night that I had never seen so many bums and hacks listed in a single paragraph in any publication for any reason. . . .

But Frank assured me that my wrath was premature. "Don't worry," he said. "I think you'll be pleasantly surprised." . . .

So there was nothing personal in my loud objections to Eagleton a week later. It struck me as a cheap and unnecessary concession to the pieced-off ward-heeler syndrome that McGovern had been fighting all along.

Tom Eagleton was exactly the kind of VP candidate that Muskie or Humphrey would have chosen: a harmless, Catholic, neo-liberal Rotarian nebbish from one of the border states who presumably wouldn't make any waves.

You can see my short one minute interview of Tommy at Owl Farm here.

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    I am concerned... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by jeffinalabama on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 02:44:52 PM EST
    about the choices being made in the Obama camp. Biden is a good senator for Delaware, knows foregin policy.

    But he's as Washington milquetoast as can be. I hope he can become an attack dog, but I don't know.

    Bad choice, I think... not the worst, but not good.

    Milquetoast? (5.00 / 5) (#5)
    by Brillo on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:04:23 PM EST
    If there's one thing I'm not worried about here with Biden, it's his abilities as an attack dog.  That's one of the strongest things he has going for him, as anyone who's ever seen him tear into someone knows.  

    Attack dog, sure, (none / 0) (#7)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:12:21 PM EST
    but, does he have more than enough for the republicans to use that can top the negatives he tries to send?

    He seems like a pocket full of trouble. Obama's team could find themselves having to learn fast how to create miracles.


    Is this a new (none / 0) (#8)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:13:21 PM EST

    IMO, the average likely voter will not (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 02:55:02 PM EST
    vote against the Obama ticket because Sen. Biden authored the bill which was the basis for Chong's conviction.  

    See what you mean, however (none / 0) (#6)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:09:36 PM EST
    the harshness of the law is a big negative on Biden.

    Yes. (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Brillo on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:59:11 PM EST
    Chong (and don't forget to blame Cheech!) is obviously totally responsible for our young people (most of whom are now retired after a lifetime of hard work) smoking pot.  

    Kiddo (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by echinopsia on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 04:40:51 PM EST
    60s & 70s stoners didn't need Cheech and Chong to romance and recruit them into trying marijuana. Most of us tried it before they came along - their first album came out in 1971, after the counterculture had peaked. It's possible to find MJ humor enjoyable without being high (although it does help).

    And most of us got over our youthful indiscretions without lasting damage and went on to hold jobs, raise families, and become contributing members of society. Like Bill Clinton. Unlike George Bush.

    And hey, man - Dave's not here.


    YOu are the one who sounds republican (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by Florida Resident on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 05:02:29 PM EST
    to me Catori.

    You're seriously going to quibble (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by echinopsia on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 06:26:05 PM EST
    because I didn't say "all" of us?

    Dude. Get a life. More college-age binge drinkers die or become alcoholics than college-age stoners become serious drug abusers. And weed never killed anybody.  


    Oh you poor thing. (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by echinopsia on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 06:29:01 PM EST
    Abused and exploited by a comedy act. Did someone tie you down and make you listen?

    There oughta be a law! - Oh wait.


    That cracked me up! (none / 0) (#23)
    by wasabi on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 04:55:00 PM EST
    Hey man - Dave's not here.

    Way too funny.


    You probably never smoked (none / 0) (#28)
    by Florida Resident on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 05:03:30 PM EST
    anything beyond a cigarette.  Please don't BS

    I doubt it.... (none / 0) (#34)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 09:44:59 AM EST
    I'm still smokin', poppin', and droppin...and I assure you all Tommy Chong did was make me laugh.  

    If you ask me, lawmakers like Biden are the ones exploiting and abusing our youth for profit.  I've bought bongs and I've been caged...the cage was exploitive and abusive...the bong just gave me pleasure.


    Yeah right!!!! (5.00 / 4) (#18)
    by D Jessup on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 04:28:05 PM EST
    "concern for victims - be they children, women, and other targets of exploitation and abuse."  He is so concerned about "exploitation and abuse" that he that led the fight for the bankruptcy bill that harmed families to much greater extent than buying wrapping paper, bongs and pipes.

    I'm not voting for Obama because I am a liberal and not a wannabe progressive.

    So a McCain presidency (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by mbuchel on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 05:01:56 PM EST
    would be better for liberal values than an Obama-Biden White House?

    From celeb stoner blog! Well at least (none / 0) (#12)
    by catfish on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:47:15 PM EST
    Biden will give this blog to show off its niche purpose (politics of crime.) Even if Jeralyn ends up voting for him.

    Biden isnt the only one who said (none / 0) (#14)
    by DemForever on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:51:35 PM EST
    that "Obama is not presidential material and McCain is"  Not a big deal at the end of the day.  Biden is going to an enthusiastic partner for Obama, and will be a champion in going after McSame.

    That's the point (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by blogtopus on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 04:44:17 PM EST
    "not a big deal at the end of the day"

    Yet how much play / whining did Obama get out of that when Hillary said that in a much more subdued way?

    Please, the transparency of the whole CDS crowd is reaching new levels. I hope you're right about Biden, beause he'll be the only one fighting; his 'partner' will be awaiting his crown, posing in his new finery in front of the White House.


    Well (none / 0) (#15)
    by sas on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 03:52:16 PM EST
    given that Biden has his own "Macaca moments', it amazes me that the racially sensitive Obama would pick him.

    Hey - meet me at the 7-11 and we'll check out the
    Indians - from India that is.  Maybe we'll see Joe there.

    What are you doing? (none / 0) (#19)
    by Semanticleo on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 04:32:25 PM EST

    In case you did not know.  You are being linked
    (approvingly) by the Hegemonist, Tom Maguire.

    Yes. All that fuss (none / 0) (#22)
    by Joan in VA on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 04:51:59 PM EST
    and we end up with McCain lite. No more age or old politics attacks. Lots of votes to compare. Lots of bipartisanship. No change and no new. Keep moving-nothing to see here.

    Comment Deleted? (none / 0) (#29)
    by Brillo on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 05:22:01 PM EST
    Where'd my comment about these crime laws from Biden go?  <.<

    profanity (none / 0) (#30)
    by waldenpond on Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 06:01:04 PM EST
    Sorry, but you wrote..... [And yes, there have been some really sh!tty provisions attached to these various crime bills]

    You have that backwards (none / 0) (#33)
    by splashy on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 02:15:07 PM EST
    They were popular because so many were into pot, not the other way around.